A 31-year-old woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a white Mitsubishi utility on Ecclestone Road at Riverside this morning.
The incident occurred about 7.20am this morning.
Tasmania Police said she was walking along the left-hand lane of Ecclestone Road wearing headphones with her back to traffic.
The headphones and one of the woman’s shoes remained on Ecclestone Road this morning, where police are investigating the scene.
The woman turned 31 today.
Launceston division Inspector Darren Hopkins said the sun was a factor in the crash.
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Police believe the driver had the sun in his eyes as he was driving east at the time of the crash, when the woman was struck from behind.
The driver immediately turned around and attempted to help the woman, Launceston division inspector Darren Hopkins said.
“The driver is in shock but received no injuries in the crash.”
The driver was 19, and police said they do not believe he had broken any laws at this stage.
The woman has been transferred to Launceston General Hospital with significant injuries to the head and pelvis where police described her condition as very serious.
Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service and Ambulance Tasmania attended the scene.
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